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The Life and Mission of St. Patrick

Patrick was raised in a nominally Christian home in Britain during the collapse of the Roman Empire. At 16 he was captured by Irish pirates and taken to the west coast of Ireland. The trauma of slavery turned him to the Lord, and he strove to spend each day in communion with God. Six years later he escaped and returned to Britain. After a time of theological study, Patrick felt the Lord’s call to return to Ireland as a missionary to his captors.

Despite strong opposition from both the Irish and his Christian contemporaries back home, Patrick speaks of “thousands” converted through his ministry, including sons and daughters of Irish kings, from the worship of “idols and filthy things.” This success came from Patrick’s deep understanding of what Scripture teaches regarding missions and a steadfast dedication to his work.

Patrick’s work firmly planted the Christian faith in Irish soil and left a deep imprint on the Celtic church that would grow up from this soil. The central place that the Bible held in his thinking helped initiate an impetus among the Irish toward literacy. In fact, this impetus was so strong that by the seventh century the Irish had become major participants in “bibliocentric literacy,” a key aspect of Roman Christianity in late antiquity. Throughout the sixth and seventh centuries, Celtic Christians evangelized the British Isles, Gaul, and central Europe with a passion that matched that of Patrick, the father of the Irish church.

“In the light, therefore, of our faith in the Trinity I must make this choice, regardless of danger I must make known the gift of God and everlasting consolation, without fear and frankly I must spread everywhere the name of God so that after my decease I may leave a bequest to my brethren and sons whom I have baptized in the Lord—so many thousands of people.” – Patrick

Excerpts modified from Rediscovering the Church Fathers.

March 17, 2011 | Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Church History,Life & Doctrine | Author: Crossway Staff @ 2:28 pm | 1 Comment »

“The Big Picture Story Bible” Now Available for iPad

The Big Picture Story Bible is now available available on your iPad with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes for only $9.99! Learn more here.

Note: If you click on the link from iPad, you’ll be taken right to the product page within iBooks.

Feel free to download a sample or peruse this popular book here. Enjoy!

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What About the Issues Scripture Doesn’t Address?

The Bible is explicit in matters of sin. We don’t have to think too hard about what Scripture says about deceit, theft, adultery, idol worship, etc. But what about things that fall in the middle? There are no biblical passages about movies, football, card playing, rock n’ roll, appropriate hair length, or other issues that are debated by Christians. How are we supposed to make non-legalistic decisions about issues not addressed in Scripture? Here are a few questions to ask ourselves when venturing into gray territory:

  • Will it be spiritually profitable? We don’t want to look at our lives with the attitude of “I can do this and get away with it.” We want the perspective of life that asks, “Can I do this and have it increase my godliness?”
  • Will it slow me down in the race? If we are running to win the prize, then we have to ask ourselves, “Will this action slow me down?” Even if it isn’t sin, is it just needless bulk, something that weighs us down, diverts our priorities, takes our attention, sucks our energy, and dampens our enthusiasm for the things of God?
  • Will it bring me into bondage? There are many things that can enslave us that come from creation, which God designed to be ruled by us. How many people let their lives be totally run by a television, which is a bunch of wires connected to a box that man invented?
  • Will it hypocritically cover my sin? The guy who says, “God made horses, I’m free to go to Santa Anita Race Track. I just go out there and enjoy God’s creation.” Yet all day long he’s dropping money gambling. This is a cloak of liberty put over the top of an evil intent, which is to gamble.
  • Will it help other Christians by its example? Even little things in our lives: the discipline of our lives, the fact we watch our diet, or we set aside a certain time to study says volumes to people who are checking in for patterns to follow.
  • Will it be consistent with Christ’s likeness? Much of the time we know Jesus wouldn’t have said what we just said, or Jesus wouldn’t have done what we just did. Asking ourselves that before we do or say something and not after, prevents us doing things we regret. Would Jesus do it?

Modified from chapter seven of Truth Endures.

Lloyd-Jones Documentary Footage on George Whitefield Available for Limited Time

“I have thrown myself this day, blindfolded, into God’s mighty hands.”—George Whitefield

Rare documentary footage of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the life of George Whitefield is accessible on You Tube for a limited time. After briefly walking through the life and ministry of Whitefield, Lloyd-Jones considers the explanation of this remarkable story and ministry:

[What made Whitefield's life and ministry extraordinary] was not advertising or organization. Not even eloquence and zeal, though they contributed. It was the message. The declaration that we are all dead in our trespasses and sins and under the wrath of God. That we are to be called to repentance. It was the emphasis on the absolute necessity of the new birth in the Spirit. The extraordinary anointing of the Holy Spirit that attended his preaching. He  stressed that one should always preach a felt Christ. Whitfield’s gospel came to the people not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Ghost and with much assurance.

Has this anything to say to us today? Men and the world are still the same as they were at the begninning of the 18th Century. Still more important, Whitefield’s God is the same. We honor his memory best of all by seeking with diligence that same God sought by him.

We’re told this link expires on March 31, 2011.

Enjoy!

You can learn more about Whitefield in Arnold Dallimore’s George Whitefield: God’s Anointed Servant in the Great Revival of the Eighteenth Century or peruse Crossway’s Martyn Lloyd-Jones titles including:

March 16, 2011 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 11:31 am | 1 Comment »

Pollution and the Death of Man

As someone who used to pride himself on not being a “tree-hugger” . . . and who would sometimes, without a tinge of guilt, throw wrappers out my car window, I picked up with some reluctance, Pollution and the Death of Man. Because it was Francis Schaeffer I expected to be challenged and provoked in my views. And thankfully I was.

I was challenged with my responsibility before God for my stewardship of this earth. What I had relegated to an almost political issue became a Biblical issue and one that I needed to repent of. I love how Schaeffer provokes believers in their responsibility to care for the earth as a gift from God, and then also challenges the thoughts of this world and it’s view of saving, “Mother Earth.”

I am now recycling and making sure my trash makes it into the proper bins, not to save Mother Earth, but for the Glory of God.

Guest Post by Danny Lee, Crossway Key Account Manager

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